Cop watch link dump

Cop watch link dump

Blog post for people to post links to stories about police brutality and violence. Trigger warning for police violence and sexual violence.

For a while I have thought it would be good for someone to have a blog on libcom dedicated to keeping track of police violence.

However, in the absence of anyone volunteering to do that I thought I could put up this blog post and then anyone can post links with short summaries in the comments below as a kind of repository of news of police brutality and abuse of their power.

Even though I have no faith in the police as an institution there to protect us in any way, I have been shocked by the sheer number and sheer outrageousness of police abuses recently that it has prompted me to actually post this up.

So, please post your links and summaries below, and if somebody wants to take on contributing this sort of thing to libcom on a running basis please let me know.

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Steven.
May 14 2012 18:15

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Steven.
Dec 7 2014 17:50

06/12/14: a former St Louis cop writes for the Washington Post, arguing that the police force are institutionally racist, violent and abusive, and they won't change unless individual officers start being punished
http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/12/06/i-was-a-st-lo...

petey
Dec 7 2014 22:22

frank serpico:

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But today, we have cops crying wolf all the time. They testify "I was in fear of my life," the grand jury buys it, the DA winks and nods, and there's no indictment.

http://m.nydailynews.com/new-york/serpico-wedge-driven-police-society-ar...

Steven.
Dec 10 2014 09:46

09/12/14, Phoenix: another unarmed black man shot and killed by a white police officer
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/12/09/unarmed-black-man-k...

petey
Dec 15 2014 15:00
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A Texas cop is under investigation after using a stun gun on an elderly man he had stopped for an inspection sticker issue that the officer himself apparently didn't understand.

Dashcam video from the incident posted by Raw Story, above, shows officer Nathanial Robinson, 23, pull over Pete Vasquez, 76, at Adam's Auto Mart in Victoria, Texas, as "Under Ground Kings" by Drake blares from the cruiser's radio.

Vasquez gets out of the car, walks behind it and gestures toward the license plate and to the office of the dealer, where he works. He later told the Victoria Advocate newspaper that he was explaining that the dealer tags on the car make it exempt from inspection.

Victoria Police Chief Jeffrey "J.J." Craig confirmed to the paper that the car was exempt.

On the video, however, Robinson appears to try to snatch a piece of paper from Vasquez without success. Then, he grabs Vasquez's arm, twists it behind him and pushes him against the hood of the cruiser. After a brief scuffle, the cop reaches for both of Vasquez's arms and drags him the ground, out of camera range.

When the cop is next seen in frame, he's yelling and holding up a stun gun.

A man emerges from the dealer's office and yells at the cop.

"I told the officer, 'What in the hell are you doing?' This gentleman is 76 years old," sales manager Larry Urich told the newspaper. "The cop told me to stand back, but I didn't shut up. I told him he was a goddamn Nazi Stormtrooper."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/14/texas-cop-stun-gun-76-year-old_...

Spassmaschine
Dec 19 2014 07:19

Pigs in Northern Territory, Australia choke-hold and strip 13-year old
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-19/minister-backs-treatment-of-stripp...

Steven.
Dec 19 2014 20:24

17/12/14: American police officer starts selling T-shirts mocking the killing of Eric Garner with the slogan "Breathe easy: don't break the law"
https://www.intellihub.com/cop-sells-t-shirts-disgustingly-mocking-death...

petey
Dec 20 2014 21:50
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Chad Chadwick has something many citizens can only covet - a spotless record.

"These cops are out of control. They are ruining good people's lives. I am a good man. I have done everything I can to show that, as a father, as a citizen, as a worker," said Chadwick.

But on the night of September 27th, 2011 Chadwick's commitment to living within the law did him no good at all.

It started when a friend concerned for Chadwick's emotional well-being called Missouri City police to Chad's Sienna apartment where he'd been distraught, drinking and unknown to anyone, had gone to sleep in the bathtub.

A SWAT team was summoned.

"They told a judge I had hostages. They lied to a judge and told him I had hostages in my apartment and they needed to enter," said Chadwick.

Chadwick did own a single shotgun, but had threatened no one, not even himself. Chadwick's firearm possession apparently prompted SWAT to kick in his door, launch a stun grenade into the bathroom and storm in, according to Chadwick, without announcing their identity.

"While I had my hands up naked in the shower they shot me with a 40 millimeter non-lethal round," said Chadwick.

A second stun grenade soon followed.

"I turned away, the explosion went off, I opened my eyes the lights are out and here comes a shield with four or five guys behind it. They pinned me against the wall and proceeded to beat the crap out of me," said Chadwick.

That's when officers shot the unarmed Chadwick in the back of the head with a Taser at point blank range.

"They claimed I drew down with a shampoo bottle and a body wash bottle," said Chadwick.

And it wasn't over.

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/story/27645689/ft-bend-police-prosecutors-ac...

petey
Dec 20 2014 22:46
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The New York Post is reporting two New York City police officers were shot while sitting in their police cruiser in the Bedford–Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn.

Authorities state that both officers, who were rushed to Woodhull Hospital, died from their injuries.

According to the Post, the officers were shot “execution style,” point-blank by a lone gunman who approached their car.

“I heard shooting, — four or five shots,” said witness Derrick McKie. ““It sounded like from a single gun.”

The suspected gunman reportedly fled to a nearby subway station where he was fatally shot.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/12/breaking-two-police-officers-shot-exe...

Steven.
Dec 24 2014 18:01

23/12/14: retired cop sings racist song joking about the killing of Michael Brown to police officers' charity event
http://www.salon.com/2014/12/23/deader_than_a_roadkill_dog_disgusting_ra...

petey
Jan 1 2015 22:46

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/nypd-turns-attacking-femal...

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A suspect has surrendered for questioning in an attack on an MTA worker — and he turns out to be an NYPD cop, police sources said Thursday.

The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau is now investigating the incident in which the Metropolitan Transportation Authority worker, on-duty and in her uniform, was put in a bear hug, thrown to the floor and choked, the sources said.

The 28-year-old transit employee was on the southbound D train platform at the Tremont Ave. station in East Tremont when the man attacked her about 2:30 a.m. Dec. 23, officials said.

She was hospitalized with minor back and neck injuries, police said.The attacker was caught on surveillance video running from the station with a smirk on his face, according to police.

Steven.
Jan 4 2015 23:15

31/12/14: American cops fortunately caught on camera attacking a black man in his car, and delivery crashing into him, then falsely accusing him of trying to take their gun, trumping up various charges against him and then covering up the video:
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=628050670655351&fref=nf

29/12/14, New York: NYPD officer blows whistle and secretly tapes his superior officer ordering him to stop and frisk black males aged 14 to 21. Ostracised and called a "rat" by his fellow officers:
http://m.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/29/1354616/-Whistleblowing-officer-m...

Steven.
Jan 5 2015 23:46

04/01/15: off-duty cop in New York attacks a female subway worker. This article is an interesting look at how the media covered the attack before and after it was revealed it was perpetrated by a police officer (spoiler alert: it was rude about the attacker beforehand, but very nice afterwards)
http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/01/04/heres-how-differently-the-media-...

petey
Jan 11 2015 19:56

*ahem*

though the addicting info is a very interesting article

Steven.
Jan 12 2015 10:21

Sorry about that Pete, although I think the additional article about the media coverage is useful in itself.

07/01/15, Iowa: Cop attempts to shoot family dog, shoots and kills a woman instead in front of her husband and child
http://thefreethoughtproject.com/cop-kill-family-dog-kills-woman-instead...

plasmatelly
Jan 12 2015 10:26

Was this thread started in the AYN days? It's a bit of a cider and loud music classic.

Steven.
Jan 12 2015 18:06
plasmatelly wrote:
Was this thread started in the AYN days? It's a bit of a cider and loud music classic.

not really sure what that means? Looking at the OP, it was started May 14 2012

petey
Jan 12 2015 19:49
Steven. wrote:
Sorry about that Pete, although I think the additional article about the media coverage is useful in itself.

yeah it is, sorry about my pissy.

Steven. wrote:
07/01/15, Iowa: Cop attempts to shoot family dog, shoots and kills a woman instead in front of her husband and child
http://thefreethoughtproject.com/cop-kill-family-dog-kills-woman-instead...

jesus h. christ in a chicken basket.

petey
Jan 14 2015 23:45
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Prosecutors here said Monday that they would pursue murder charges against two police officers who were involved in the fatal shooting last year of a homeless man with a history of mental illness, a case that led to protests and a federal criminal investigation and that is likely to be among the first to rely on evidence obtained by a camera worn by an officer.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/01/13/us/2-albuquerque-officers-face-murd...

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Michael R. Lewelling claimed he arrested a man while he was patrolling San Francisco General Hospital in November because the suspect hit him with his cane. But hospital video showed the 33-year-old deputy wake the sleeping victim and then assault him when he tried to walk away from the confrontation. The officer was arrested for perjury, filing a false police report and battery.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/san-francisco-deputy-choked-sleepi...

Steven.
Jan 18 2015 18:00

16/01/15, Miami: police caught using photographs of black teenagers for shooting target practice. Then their commander defends the practice
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2912600/Outrage-Miami-cops-use-p...

Steven.
Jan 25 2015 18:38

23/01/15, London: police officer who kicked and punched a mother who was holding onto her sick daughter in hospital acquitted
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/met-police-officer-cleared-of...

21/01/15, New Jersey: video footage confirms eyewitness accounts that police shot and killed an unarmed black man who was holding his arms up and surrendering at a traffic stop
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/01/video-shows-nj-cops-gunned-down-unarm...

Steven.
Jan 26 2015 09:21

24/01/15, Cairo: socialist mother shot and killed by police by "nonlethal" birdshot ammo as she took part in a peaceful demonstration on the eve of the anniversary of the 25 January uprising
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2924709/Shocking-moment-female-s...

Steven.
Jan 26 2015 10:00

23/01/15, UK: two police firearms officers who beat a deer to death with a crowbar keep their jobs following a disciplinary investigation
http://www.itv.com/news/2015-01-23/two-police-officers-who-beat-deer-to-...

petey
Jan 31 2015 20:24
petey wrote:
Prosecutors here said Monday that they would pursue murder charges against two police officers who were involved in the fatal shooting last year of a homeless man with a history of mental illness, a case that led to protests and a federal criminal investigation and that is likely to be among the first to rely on evidence obtained by a camera worn by an officer.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/01/13/us/2-albuquerque-officers-face-murd...

follow-up

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This week, Bernalillo County (N.M.) District Attorney Kari Brandenburg charged two Albuquerque police officers with murder in the killing of homeless man James Boyd. The shooting was captured on video and widely covered in the national media. Brandenburg’s decision comes on the heels of the controversial non-indictments in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, which sparked protests around the country. It didn’t take long for Albuquerque police and their supporters to react.

you can just guess.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2015/01/15/albuquerque-p...

Steven.
Feb 1 2015 11:29

Interesting, thanks for that Petey.

I got two more:
28/01/15, Québec: Native American woman handcuffed by police in a police cruiser beside an unrestrained sex offender who then raped her (trigger warning for mention of sexual violence)
http://countercurrentnews.com/2015/01/native-american-woman-handcuffed-i...

29/01/15, Seattle: police officer pepper sprays peaceful people walking by a protest on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2015/01/seattle-cop-pepper-sprays-non-...

Steven.
Feb 2 2015 21:09

02/02/15, Palm Beach: a sheriff involved in a number of previous appalling incidents detailed below has now told drivers to run over Black Lives Matter protesters:

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Recently, an investigative reporter for local WPTV Channel 5, Katie Legrone, exposed the Sheriff’s involvement in a massive cover-up related to the killing of two African American deputies who had been deploying stop sticks. A Caucasian deputy driving over 106 mph ran into them, but in spite of the lead traffic homicide investigator determining that the deputy driving should be charged with vehicular manslaughter, Sheriff Bradshaw removed that investigator from the case and replaced him with one who would find the deputy innocent of any wrongdoing.

Sheriff Bradshaw also has been at the center of more than 40 discrimination lawsuits filed against him. One of these resulted in a payout of over $1 million. Another stated that he showed photos and bragged about an incident where a police canine ripped the testicles off an African American man. He was also found to have stolen weapons out of the police evidence locker, presumably to plant an illegal gun on a suspect at a later date.
http://countercurrentnews.com/2015/02/palm-beach-sheriff-is-now-in-troub...

petey
Feb 4 2015 18:23
Steven. wrote:
28/01/15, Québec: Native American woman handcuffed by police in a police cruiser beside an unrestrained sex offender who then raped her (trigger warning for mention of sexual violence)
http://countercurrentnews.com/2015/01/native-american-woman-handcuffed-i...

another

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The office of the Arizona Attorney General is asking for a dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the teacher who was viciously assaulted and raped when left alone and unguarded in a prison classroom with a convicted sex offender. The argument by the AG is basically that it’s the teacher’s fault as she should have been aware of the risk.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2015/02/04/az-a-g-teacher-prison-rap...

petey
Feb 5 2015 22:20
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A grand jury has criminally charged two Philadelphia police officers with knocking a man from his motor scooter, beating him and then falsely accusing him of assault, in the latest case of alleged police misconduct in the United States.

Officers Sean McKnight, 30, and Kevin Robinson, 26, were charged with aggravated assault and related offenses in the May 2013 incident which occurred after a traffic stop in a gritty section of north Philadelphia, said Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.

The victim, Najee Rivera, said he fled in fear on his scooter after officers exited their vehicle with their batons extended. That, according to Williams, enraged the pursuing officers.

One of them hit Rivera in the head with a baton as their patrol car knocked him off his scooter, prosecutors said.Rivera was hospitalized with a fractured orbital bone and numerous lacerations to the head. But McKnight and Robinson filed paperwork claiming Rivera attacked them.

Rivera's girlfriend, however, had canvassed the area of the beating, and turned up surveillance video of the beating.

"The video undermined every aspect of the officers' account," Williams told reporters at a news conference on Thursday. "None of it was true except for the blows inflicted on Najee Rivera."

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/two-philadelphia-police-officers-cha...

Steven.
Feb 6 2015 23:33

02/02/15, US: police officers hold 11-year-old black girl at gunpoint when responding to a burglary at her home
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/02/florida-cops-hold-11-year-old-girl-at...

petey
Feb 13 2015 21:46
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The FBI is investigating an incident in which an Indian grandfather’s encounter with police in Alabama left the man partially paralyzed. An officer involved in the incident is under arrest, and the police chief proposed that he be fired, police said Thursday.

A spokesman for the FBI said that the agency became involved shortly after the Feb. 6 incident, and it is being treated as a civil rights investigation. The findings will be turned over to the Justice Department for review.

Sureshbhai Patel had recently come to the United States from his farm in India to help care for his grandson, who was born prematurely and was suffering from health complications.

At about 9 a.m. on Friday in Madison, Ala., just days into his visit, Patel was strolling through his family’s neighborhood when he was approached by police. A neighbor had called authorities and told them a man who looked “suspicious” was peering into garages, according to the Huntsville Times. That man, police determined, was Patel.

Within minutes, the 57-year-old grandfather was face down on the ground with a severe neck injury that left him partially paralyzed.

dashcam video in link

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/02/11/alabama-cop...